Posted: Thursday 7th May 2020
This year’s May Day Bank Holiday was changed to Friday to coincide with the 75th
anniversary of VE day and I’m sure many us had commemorative events planned to mark the occasion.
Unfortunately, these events will not be going ahead. The Government has been clear that we need to reflect and celebrate at home instead of enjoying the traditional street parties that might have happened.
There will be a time when we can come together and celebrate the things we have missed such as birthdays, anniversaries or the lives of loved ones lost but this weekend is not that moment.
We are all anticipating the Government announcements on Sunday and there is plenty of speculation about what the next steps will be and how we live our lives in a “new normal” until we have a vaccine for Covid19.
I think it is important to acknowledge it is going to be a slow and steady process that will require patience, resilience and compassion from all of us.
It is inevitable that we will be living with some level of restrictions over the coming months whatever the announcements are on Sunday. We need to make sure we stick to staying at home this Bank Holiday until we know what the next steps are and how we can move forward safely.
If you do need to leave the house to make an essential journey this weekend, I want to remind you that the speed limits are still the same.
I say this because I’m aware the police service has seen an increase in reports about some drivers taking advantage of the quieter roads to drive well in excess of the speed limits.
Speeding is never acceptable but especially in the current circumstances when there are more pedestrians and cyclists on the road.
Unacceptable speeds potentially means more collisions, fatalities and accidents, which damage people’s lives and inevitably puts additional strain on our emergency services who are already working so hard during this pandemic.
With all the challenges that individuals, communities and the country is facing right now, speeding should not be an issue that the police have to deal with. However, they are having to dedicate a significant police resource to stop irresponsible drivers breaking the speed limits, when they could be helping those most vulnerable during these uncertain times.
I am further disheartened and appalled when I hear that officers and staff, who are enforcing speeding controls in response to community concerns, have faced hostility, abuse and obstruction, all while doing their best to save lives. They are out on the frontline to protect you, protect others and should be respected.
More than ever, we all have social responsibility during this pandemic. I urge you to think twice before speeding. Please do not put yourself or others in unnecessary danger and please stay safe.